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Abstract Title: Neophytes Build a MOT
Abstract: A Magneto-Optical Trap (MOT) is a wonderful tool for undergraduate research and teaching laboratories that highlights many topics in modern physics. Our poster describes the design decisions and process that resulted in an operational MOT using the resources and time available at an undergraduate institution. By building many components and purchasing others, we were able to complete the MOT in about two years at a cost of about $40000. Neither of us had experience with optical systems prior to starting work on the project. Recommendations are given for a phased build of a MOT.
Abstract Type: Poster
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Bruce Thompson
Ithaca College, Department of Physics
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607 274 3984
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Judith Olson
NIST and University of Colorado
Boulder, CO
olson.judith.b -at- gmail.com